Honey Sugar Cookies Recipe

Honey sugar cookies sprinkled with sugar crystals before baking, now baked and packed for gifts.

Honey sugar cookies sprinkled with sugar crystals before baking, now baked and packed for gifts.

Honey Sugar Cookies

The holidays are over, I know, but with cookie cutters this is a recipe you can make all year. 

I found this basic honey sugar cookie recipe in an old recipe book my mother used to use. With some leftover honey taking up space in half-empty jars, I decided to try it since it cuts down the amount of sugar one uses in the basic cookie dough and liked the results.

These work well as both very thin sugar cookies or the thicker cookies often decorated with icing during Christmas. These are not as sweet as some cookie dough recipes I have made so adding buttercream shouldn't make these too sweet like it can with other recipes with more granular sugar.

I prefer mine quite think with a light dusting of sugar crystals before they are popped into the oven.

Honey Sugar Cookies Recipe

·       2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

·       3/4 teaspoon baking powder

·       1/4 teaspoon salt

·       2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature

·       1/2 cup granulated sugar

·       1/4 cup honey

·       1 large egg

·       1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

How to Make Honey Sugar Cookies

Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. I sift them together into the bowl to make sure all ingredients are well mixed.

Beat the butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the honey, egg and vanilla until smooth. Reduce the mixer speed to low; beat in the flour mixture until combined.

Refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Save flour to keep dough from sticking to the cutting board and use spatula to remove cutouts.

Save flour to keep dough from sticking to the cutting board and use spatula to remove cutouts.

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. 

Select cookie cutters to use. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Add a dusting of flour if the dough sticks to the cutting board.

A regular spatula dusted in flour helps to remove the cookie once it is cut out of the dough.

A regular spatula dusted in flour helps to remove the cookie once it is cut out of the dough.

Use a flour-covered spatula to remove the cut out cookie and move it to the cooking sheet.

Arrange 1 inch apart on the prepared pans.

If dough won't roll out, add a little dusting of flour to the roller and dough.

If dough won't roll out, add a little dusting of flour to the roller and dough.

Re-roll the scraps and cut out more cookies. If the dough is too soft to work with, refrigerate until firm again.

Bake, switching the pans halfway through, until the cookies are lightly browned. I check at the 5 minute mark but they could take 1o minutes, less time if they are thin, more time if they are thicker.

Let cool on the pans while you pour the glasses of milk.

Honey sugar cookies embellished before cooking. Delicious without adding icing!

Honey sugar cookies embellished before cooking. Delicious without adding icing!

Honey Sugar Refrigerator Cookies

This honey sugar cookie recipe also works well as refrigerator cookies. Well, freezer cookies would be more accurate because you're basically freezing the dough for later use.

It's the same concept of the rolled dough available for sale in grocery stores without the preservatives.

Place half the dough into center of wax paper, then roll back and forth to make a log.

Place half the dough into center of wax paper, then roll back and forth to make a log.

Wrap the finished dough into logs in wax paper and freeze. This recipe makes two logs about 10 inches long.

Fold corners at each edge, then place the cookie dough in wax paper in freezer.

Fold corners at each edge, then place the cookie dough in wax paper in freezer.

You might want to date the dough although at my house it doesn't stay in the freezer for long.

When ready for cookies, heat oven. Slice the log into round cookies to bake as needed. Add sugar sprinkles prior to baking.

This would be handy to have in the freezer for those drop-in friends looking for a cup of coffee and a cookie - you know who you are!

Charlotte

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Honey peanut butter cookies are recommended to leave for Santa.

Honey peanut butter cookies are recommended to leave for Santa.

This recipe had samples on a plate recommending them as a treat for Santa. They even appeared as if Santa had been there to sample but it was October so that just wasn't possible but I believed, just for that one moment when I saw the half-eaten cookie.

Making cookies is a wonderful tradition this time of year, especially to introduce little ones to cooking. Mommy and Me Cookbook has some wonderful simple cookie recipes.

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe is another recipe that was entered in the Missouri State Beekeepers Association fall 2017 cooking contest. The cookies looked so pretty with the bee imprint in the center, a very nice touch.

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Submitted by: Debbie Mott

Ingredients:

• ½ cup shortening

• 1 cup creamy peanut butter

• 1 cup honey

• 2 eggs

• 3 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 cup sugar

• 1 ½ tsp baking soda

• 1 tsp baking powder

• ½ tsp salt

Directions:

In mixing bowl, mix shortening, peanut butter, and honey. Add eggs; mix well.

In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture and mix well.

Roll into 1 to 1 ½ in balls. Place on un-greased baking sheet and flatten with a fork.

Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes.

Sample to make sure they are good enough to leave for Santa, then place on dish, leave by Christmas tree and get everyone to bed!

Charlotte

Honey Cheesecake Recipe

If crumbs are any indication, this looks like an excellent Honey Cheesecake!

If crumbs are any indication, this looks like an excellent Honey Cheesecake!

This is another honey recipe from the October 27-28, 2017 Missouri State Beekeepers Association fall conference baking contest. They had a variety of entries, from breads to fudge and I focused on the entries at the end of the table, the cakes. I know but someone had to do it!

When it comes to cheesecakes, I have made a number of them in cupcake pans so they can be offered in individual servings. Cooking temperatures need to be turned down just a bit since they will cook faster in the smaller cooking containers but I place them in pans of water, just as I would the larger cheesecake pans.

Definitely follow the instructions to move the oven shelf; it will make a big difference in how the cheesecake evenly bakes.

This would be another wonderful recipe to add to a gift recipe book!

Honey Cheesecake

by Domenic Giofre

Ingredients:

• 4 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened

• 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

• 1 cups sour cream

• ½ cup heavy whipping cream

• 1 cup honey

• 1/8 cup corn starch

• 1 oz amaretto liqueur (optional)

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 5 eggs whole

• 1 egg yolk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° and place oven shelf in the center of the oven. Wrap the outside of a spring form pan with foil.

Generously butter the inside of the pan. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.

Mix in honey and cornstarch. Blend in sour cream and whipping cream. Add amaretto and vanilla. Stir in eggs and egg yolk one at a time, mixing thoroughly between each addition.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Place pan in another pan at least 1 inch wider than the cake and add warm water to the outer pan to create a water bath. (This prevents cracks in your cheesecake)

Bake on the center rack of the oven for 70 minutes.

Charlotte

Honey Buttermilk Bread Recipe

Doesn't this loaf of bread look delicious? It's made with buttermilk and honey!

Doesn't this loaf of bread look delicious? It's made with buttermilk and honey!

If there is one thing that reminds me of home cooking, it is making bread. One of my brothers is an expert at it, making a variety of delicious breads including one he developed on his own. I have also tried recipes out of some vintage cookbooks including the 1976 Home Cookin' Cookbook, which has a charming quilting theme to its cover, another hint of home.

Back to breads. This is another recipe from the 2017 fall Missouri State Beekeepers Association conference, this one a bread recipe with buttermilk and honey. This recipe makes two standard loaves of bread.

What I found interesting about this recipe was that it includes ginger as one of the ingredients.

Honey Buttermilk Bread Recipe

Submitted by: Corinne Collins

Ingredients:

• 1 tablespoon/packet of yeast

• 1 pinch of powdered ginger

• 1 teaspoon sugar

• 1⁄4 cup warm water 105 °

• 2 cups warm buttermilk 105°

• 1/3 cup honey

• 1 tsp salt

• 3⁄4 tsp baking soda

• 6 cups white bread flour (Divided use)

• 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter and cooled so that it is warm to the touch but not hot

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl mix the yeast, ginger, sugar, and warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes or until foamy.

Whisk the buttermilk, honey, salt, and baking soda together and add it to the yeast mixture. Add 3 cups of flour and mix until smooth, about 3-5 minutes on low of a stand mixer. Pour in the butter until it’s completely mixed into the batter.

Add the rest of the flour, one cup at a time, keeping the mixer on low speed. When the dough pulls from the side of the bowl remove it from the mixer to a lightly floured surface, kneed until elastic and smooth.

Place into a greased bowl, turn to grease the top, and cover with clean tea towel. Allow the dough to rise for 1 1⁄2 hours, or until double. Punch down, and form into 2 loaves.

Place in greased loaf pans and grease tops. Cover and allow to rise for 45 minutes, or until it’s just at the top of the bread pan.

Preheat oven to 400°. Bake for 30 minutes. You can cover with foil if it browns to fast. Remove loaves from oven and brush with melted butter.

Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes. Gently run a knife around the edge between the bread and the pan to loosen it. Turn out and cool completely on a rack. Cover the loaves if you want a soft crust.

Charlotte

Peanut Butter Honey Fudge Recipe

One of my favorite kinds of recipes, three ingredients!

One of my favorite kinds of recipes, three ingredients!

Peanut Butter Honey Fudge Recipe

You know this recipe is a good one, look at the old 3x5 inch card it was written on, doesn't it look like it was taken right out of an old wooden recipe box? 

Who still has one besides me?

I enjoy reading old recipe books, I have quite a collection of interesting ones and periodically part with ones that are duplicates like this Jingle Bells and Pastry Shells recipe book from 1968.

I also like easy recipes and one with only three ingredients qualifies. I have a peanut butter cookie recipe with only three ingredients so why not a peanut butter honey fudge recipe?

Peanut Butter Honey Fudge Recipe

Submitted by: Nancy Giofre

Ingredients:

• 2 cups peanut butter

  • 1⁄2 cup dark chocolate chips

• 3⁄4 cup honey

Directions:

Combine peanut butter and chocolate chips and microwave at 30 second intervals mixing each time until melted and smooth.

Add in honey and mix well. Pour into 8x8 baking dish lined with foil. Refrigerate until set.

Cut into squares. 

These were a little sticky to pick up with fingers but still quite tasty!

Charlotte

Fluffy Honey Orange Cake Recipe

Fluffy Honey Orange Cake at Missouri State Beekeepers Association Oct. 27-28, 2017 conference.

Fluffy Honey Orange Cake at Missouri State Beekeepers Association Oct. 27-28, 2017 conference.

Olive Oil Honey Cake Recipe

If you remember the moist bundt cakes of the 70s and 80s you will love this honey cake recipe. The orange zest adds another favorite flavor although I never did figure out how to make that lemon glaze that was so popular over bundt-shaped deserts. I guess I could have looked up the recipe but where is the fun in doing that?

In the meantime, here is the recipe for Fluffy Honey Orange Cake. Note this does not use a box cake mix but you could substitute one if you wanted to try something simpler.

Fluffy Honey Orange Cake

Submitted by: Corinne Collins

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs separated
  • ¾ cup oil
  • • 10.5 oz honey
  • • ½ cup potato starch
  • • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • • 2 tbsp orange liqueur
  • • Zest of one orange
  • • ¼ cup orange juice
  • • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • • A pinch of salt
  •  
  • Directions: Using a hand mixer beat the yolks with the honey until frothy and thick. (About 3 minutes). Very slowly add the oil, and beat until creamy. Add potato starch, orange zest, and liqueur. Now add the flour (Mixed with baking powder) a little at a time, alternating with the orange juice. In a separate, clean and degreased bowl mix together your egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter. Pour mixture into a bundt pan that’s been greased and dusted with flour. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes. Or until done when tested with a toothpick Glaze: Mix together ¼ cup powdered sugar, 4 tsp orange juice, 1 tsp vanilla and spoon onto the cake while warm.

I would also be tempted to make these into muffin-sized servings and freeze them for later de-thawing.

Did I mention this recipe won first place in the cake category at the fall state beekeeping conference?

Well, doesn't matter, really, take my word for it, this is a wonderful cake recipe worth making for any occasion. It's a must to add to any recipe book you may be writing, I sampled it a couple of times, just to make sure.

Fluffy Honey Orange Cake, left, among other entries in the state conference baking contest.

Fluffy Honey Orange Cake, left, among other entries in the state conference baking contest.

And if anyone needs a taste tester for any future contests, do let me know!

Charlotte

Honey Pecan Pie Recipe

Entries in Missouri State Beekeepers Association fall conference cakes and pies contest.

Entries in Missouri State Beekeepers Association fall conference cakes and pies contest.

Honey Pecan Pie Recipe

It's a tough job but somebody has to do it. At Missouri State Beekeepers Association annual fall conference in Springfield October 27-28, 2017, I was the self-designated cake and pie tester. Oh, they had an official judge for the contest, I just volunteered to myself that I should make sure the entries were as delicious as they looked!

There were several categories in the food contest, from breads and cookies to the one I took very seriously. Sitting at the end of the middle table, the four entries beckoned. There was a New York cheesecake; an Olive Oil and Honey cake (amazingly moist, will share that recipe, too); a third cake and the crowning glory of 4 most delicious entries, the pecan pie.

I almost passed on the pie, there was no utensil nearby and all forks were gone but a passing friend loaned me his new fork so I could take a sliver. Doesn't this look delicious?

Winning 1st Place in the cakes and pies division, this delicious honey pecan pie recipe.

Winning 1st Place in the cakes and pies division, this delicious honey pecan pie recipe.

I like pecans, and I like pecan pie. So does one of my brothers so when I taste recipes, the discriminating criteria is would I want to add this recipe to the family recipe books I made years ago as Christmas presents. 

It wasn't easy to wrestle favorite recipes out of the hands of the cooks so I paid a visit and wrangled the recipes when I was there. The family loved the recipe books so much, I thought updating them would be nice if I had interesting recipes.

For example, I make pumpkin custard without the crust. Baked in glass baking dishes and cooled once cooked, it's delicious and cuts a few calories.

All in all, this pecan pie recipe is pretty simple. The only challenging ingredient is finding "mild honey," which suggests I may have to make a couple of pecan pies trying out different honeys. Fall honey tends to be darker, more flavorfully-complex and have more antioxidants, spring honeys are lighter with a clearer floral note.  The things we have to do for science...

Here is the winning recipe for Honey Pecan Pie in the baker's handwriting.

Here is the winning recipe for Honey Pecan Pie in the baker's handwriting.

Oops, looks like someone forgot the main ingredient, pecans. I checked several recipes and they all call for this so please add:

1 cup pecans, mixed into the first 7 ingredients.

You can also add 1/2 cup chopped ingredients to the top.

All recipes are printed in the November 2017 Missouri State Beekeepers Association newsletter, cost $10/year.

Finding good honey recipes can be a challenge but when one has tasted them first, you know, to confirms the deliciousness, that makes it easier to say "THIS" is a good recipe using honey.

Charlotte

Strawberry Honey Butter

strawberry honey butter recipe

A friend sent me this recipe and I tried making a small batch to taste. Delicious!

You will need:

  • 1 pint strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 
  • 3/4 cup room temperature butter.

To make:

 

  • Whip with room temperature butter.
  • Store in refrigerator for up until 2 weeks.

This would make a great gift idea for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day with breakfast served in bed!

Charlotte

How to Make Hershey Hug Honeybees

Fun little sweet something for that special beekeeping club meeting. This is my honeybee treat invention using Hershey Hugs:

Remove papers from Hershey Hugs.

Drain maraschino cherries on paper towels.

Heat white chocolate in microwave covered dish in microwave until melted; 1.5-2 minutes on high. Every microwave heats differently so try it first in 30 second increments until you know how long it takes for your microwave.

Spread melted white chocolate on Hershey Hug bottom; add two almond slivers for wings. Allow to dry.

Stick maraschino cherry with a toothpick; dip in melted chocolate and place on wax paper.

Place cookie sheet in refrigerator until cherries and chocolate are firm or wait 10-15 minutes for the chocolate to dry.

Spread more melted chocolate on Hershey Hug with almond slivers; attach flat side of chocolate-covered maraschino cherry to the flat end of Hershey Hug. Allow to dry.

Break toothpicks into 3 pieces; stick two through top for antenna. Toothpicks also work well as holders to pick up bees as finger food. Add two dots of black icing for eyes. You can also use melted dark chocolate dots for eyes.  Allow to dry. 

Store in sealed container until serving.

How Sweet It Is!

You can substitute honey for equal amounts of sugar in many liquid recipes.

In baked goods, substitute sugar for up to half the amount with honey. Since honey is 18% liquid, reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey.

Add 1/2 tsp. baking soda for each cup of honey used to counteract the slight honey acidity which may cause too much browning. Skip baking soda if recipe calls for sour milk or cream.

Reduce oven temperature by 15 degrees C or 25 degrees F because honey will brown goods more than sugar.

Charlotte

Honey Berries

Jam is so five years ago; show you're truly cutting edge by preserving your fruits in a honey sauce. All it takes is one part honey to ten parts water and then covering your berries. Pretty much the closest you're ever going to get to bottling up a little bit of summer.

Berries in Light Honey Syrup

Makes about 10 half-pint jars

8 baskets raspberries, red and golden

4 baskets blackberries

5 cups water

½ cup honey

½ cup evaporated cane juice (or other sugar)

10 - 12 squat half-pint canning jars, with caps and rings.

Charlotte